Photo of the Week – June 17, 2016

I’m just back from a great week in the Nebraska Sandhills.  I saw an amazing array of wildlife, invertebrates, plants and landscapes.  Of the many wildflowers in bloom this week, none punctuated the hills more beautifully than yucca (aka soapweed).  As always, nearly every yucca stem with actively blooming flowers hosted an abundance of yucca moths, the only pollinator of yucca plants.  If you aren’t familiar with the incredible relationship between yucca moths and yucca plants, you can read about it in a previous post.

Yucca moths in the early morning. Nebraska Sandhills - Cherry County.

Yucca moths in the early morning. Nebraska Sandhills – Cherry County.

I’ll post some more Sandhills photos next week…

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About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.

3 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – June 17, 2016

  1. Love the pics & the info! People use yucca occasionally in landscaping around here but I’ve never seen it in the wild, in the tall grass prairie. So now you’ve made me curious: Do occasional moths appear in people’s yards to pollinate the occasional yucca? Or perhaps ornamental yucca are infertile. ..
    PS. I tried to follow the link to an article by Laura Hebert from your earlier yucca post but was taken to Elzie McCord professional homepage.

  2. Great article in ‘ Wildflower’ Lady Bird’s wildflower center magazine!

    Sent from my iPhone



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